Pet World Lawrence

Wilderness Camp

M-F 9am-4pm June 19-23, 2017 $305
M-F 9am-4pm June 26-30, 2017 $305

Designed for adventurous fourth graders (ages 8-10) who have attended Animal Camp at least once! Wilderness Camp is a week long camp designed for returning campers who just can't get enough of our private nature reserve, the tortoise farm!

Every day is an outing at the Pet World nature preserve including hiking, creeking, frogging, climbing, snake hunting, trailblazing, and lunch! Each day we'll begin and end with free time at PW except Thursday evening. Parent pick up will be at the tortoise farm on Thursday, after a family campfire cookout where the kids can take their families on a private tour of the property! (If families cannot attend Thursday we'll be happy to drop kids at home or back at PW when we return to town that evening.)

Back by popular demand! Every year our older kids have a hard time facing their last summer of PW camp so we created an advanced level camp for kids who have already mastered the lower levels. Most kids attend Critter Camp at age 5 or 6 (although they can now start in Lil' Critter Camp at 3!), move up to Animal Camp around age 7 or 8, then repeat camp at 9 but find themselves sad with no higher level camp for them to look forward to the next summer. Even though our camp kids are allowed to start volunteering at age 10 (instead of waiting until 11 like the other youth volunteers) many of them need something more.

The truth is, Pet World’s private nature preserve is a pretty magical place and most kids just can’t get enough of it. So Wilderness Camp is designed to take these kids to the next level and provide a camp for kids up to age 10. The nature preserve is private with no public access, no electricity (only solar power) and no running water. Only a few people are allowed to use the property so it stays pristine and natural. The experience is about as primitive as a kid can get these days.

Because Wilderness Camp enrollment is limited to returning campers only, kids have considerably more independent, free time while at PW and only moderate refresher training will be offered. In addition, we forego the traditional field trips and spend time at the nature preserve every single day, increasing throughout the week, with a family campfire cookout Thursday night! Even though they go home every night, kids set up their campsites a little each day while blazing trails, seining the creek, hiking, snake hunting, caring for the tortoises, and basically just enjoying nature with no interruptions from the modern, outside world. They learn to navigate using the sun and a compass and communicate with two way radios. Parents are invited to join us for the campfire cookout Thursday night where kids can take them on a tour and show them what they do all week at Wilderness Camp!

Spots are very limited in all PW camps. Early registration begins March 15 (with additional fees) and open enrollment starts on April 15.

Indoor & outdoor, rain or shine! (But mostly outdoors!)

The most inclusive of all PW camps, WC includes camp shirt, laundry service M-R, free transportation from PW to the farm and back, lunch M-F, drinks, snacks, and the family campfire cookout Thursday night.

Two available weeks this summer!
M-F 9am-4pm
June 19-23, 2017 $305
2017 Wk 1 Wilderness Camp 6 of 18 spots open!
2014 WC SOLD OUT April 10!
2015 WC SOLD OUT April 5! (added a second week the next year)
2016 -Wk 1 SOLD OUT April 2!

M-F 9am-4pm
June 26-30, 2017 $305 SOLD OUT!
2017 Wk 2 Wilderness Camp 0 of 18 spots open!
2016 -Wk 2 SOLD OUT April 21!
2017 -Wk 2 SOLD OUT April 24!

Super Early Registration opens March 15
(additional fee)
Early Registration opens April 1
(additional fee)
Open enrollment begins April 15!
(no additional fee)

Campers navigating trails (L).
Camp counselor teaching the kids how to start a campfire to cook their lunch -
take note of the MUD (R)

Campers with wild, baby ringneck snakes they found herping with camp counselors..

Brave camper crossing the famous tree bridge to go see the tortoise enclosure..


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Employment Opportunities

Voted BEST PLACE TO WORK in Lawrence, Pet World has long been known as an amazing work experience. We offer highly sought after internships and paid apprenticeships that can turn into flexible short and long term paid positions. After your time at PW, which is usually about 4-5 years for most, we'll help you complete an expert resume to launch a great career! Interested in joining the Pet World team? Check out our Employment Opportunities page for more info.

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Pet World
711 W 23rd Street
Lawrence, KS 66046

Phone: 785-841-7476

Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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